Stay

Focused!
A talk by Alexandru Bolboaca
@alexboly
alex.bolboaca@mozaicworks.com
The Ever-Pivoting Company
The Neverending Ideas
Why Focus?
1. Clarify vision
2.Minimize noise

“Real artists ship”
Steve Jobs

3.Eliminate anything that doesn't add value...
10 Practices for Focus
1.Value Stream Mapping

6.Staff Liquidity

2.Visual Management

7.Effective Meetings

3.Remove Bloc...
I'm guilty for this talk!
Alexandru Bolboacă
Trainer, coach, polyglot
programmer with international
experience
alex.bolboa...
1. Value Stream Mapping

Brainstorm
idea

Detail
idea

Sketch UI

Code

Test

Deploy
2. Visual Management
Vision: Change the world
Objective: Get 100 more paying users
Acceptance
tests defined

Ideas

Paper
...
3. Remove Blockages
Acceptance
tests defined

Ideas

Paper
mock-up

Features

UI design

Reviewed with
John

Refactored
Co...
4. Deal With Bottlenecks
Acceptance
tests defined

Ideas

Paper
mock-up

Features

UI design

Reviewed with
John

Code

Re...
5. Ensure Resource Availability
Where's that
document????
6. Ensure Staff Liquidity

Your best people should have the
least
tasks assigned
7. Do Effective Meetings
1. Initiator facilitates
“Discuss X” is not
2. Clear objectives
an objective
3. Defined structure...
8. Minimize Interruptions
Don't interrupt me now!
I'm focused.
9. Plan your team's learning
1. Self-assessment
4. Make a demo

2. Prioritize
5. How to improve?
3. Plan actions for 2
wee...
10. Improve Flow
1. Limit WIP
Paper
mock-up

Ideas

Features (2)

UI design (1)

Reviewed with
John

Code (1)

Refactored
...
10 Practices for Focus
1.Value Stream Mapping

6.Staff Liquidity

2.Visual Management

7.Effective Meetings

3.Remove Bloc...
Your Questions?

“The important
thing is
not to stop questioning”
I'm guilty for this talk!
Alexandru Bolboaca

alex.bolboaca@mozaicworks.com
@alexboly
http://alexbolboaca.ro
Learn More
I T.A.K.E. Unconference
11

Blog
mozaicworks.com/category/blog

Kanban
An evolutionary lean-agile

http://itake...
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http://betanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Annoyed-user.jpg
http://www.quotes.jotoexplorer.com/wp-co...
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  1. 1. Stay Focused! A talk by Alexandru Bolboaca @alexboly alex.bolboaca@mozaicworks.com
  2. 2. The Ever-Pivoting Company
  3. 3. The Neverending Ideas
  4. 4. Why Focus? 1. Clarify vision 2.Minimize noise “Real artists ship” Steve Jobs 3.Eliminate anything that doesn't add value 4.Stop starting, start finishing 5.Clear the collective mind of the team
  5. 5. 10 Practices for Focus 1.Value Stream Mapping 6.Staff Liquidity 2.Visual Management 7.Effective Meetings 3.Remove Blockages 8.Limit Interruptions 4.Deal with Bottlenecks 9.Plan Learning 5.Resource Availability 10.Improve Flow
  6. 6. I'm guilty for this talk! Alexandru Bolboacă Trainer, coach, polyglot programmer with international experience alex.bolboaca@mozaicworks.com @alexboly
  7. 7. 1. Value Stream Mapping Brainstorm idea Detail idea Sketch UI Code Test Deploy
  8. 8. 2. Visual Management Vision: Change the world Objective: Get 100 more paying users Acceptance tests defined Ideas Paper mock-up Features UI design Reviewed with John Code Refactored Code Review Test 0 major issues Deploy
  9. 9. 3. Remove Blockages Acceptance tests defined Ideas Paper mock-up Features UI design Reviewed with John Refactored Code Review Code Test Blocked 0 major issues Deploy
  10. 10. 4. Deal With Bottlenecks Acceptance tests defined Ideas Paper mock-up Features UI design Reviewed with John Code Refactored Code Review Test 0 major issues Deploy Bottleneck!
  11. 11. 5. Ensure Resource Availability Where's that document????
  12. 12. 6. Ensure Staff Liquidity Your best people should have the least tasks assigned
  13. 13. 7. Do Effective Meetings 1. Initiator facilitates “Discuss X” is not 2. Clear objectives an objective 3. Defined structure 4. Keep the timing 5. Leave with actions 6. Do a retrospective
  14. 14. 8. Minimize Interruptions Don't interrupt me now! I'm focused.
  15. 15. 9. Plan your team's learning 1. Self-assessment 4. Make a demo 2. Prioritize 5. How to improve? 3. Plan actions for 2 weeks, 1h / week
  16. 16. 10. Improve Flow 1. Limit WIP Paper mock-up Ideas Features (2) UI design (1) Reviewed with John Code (1) Refactored Code Review Test (1) 0 major issues Deploy 2. Monitor Cycle Time 3. Improve Your Process
  17. 17. 10 Practices for Focus 1.Value Stream Mapping 6.Staff Liquidity 2.Visual Management 7.Effective Meetings 3.Remove Blockages 8.Limit Interruptions 4.Deal with Bottlenecks 9.Plan Learning 5.Resource Availability 10.Improve Flow
  18. 18. Your Questions? “The important thing is not to stop questioning”
  19. 19. I'm guilty for this talk! Alexandru Bolboaca alex.bolboaca@mozaicworks.com @alexboly http://alexbolboaca.ro
  20. 20. Learn More I T.A.K.E. Unconference 11 Blog mozaicworks.com/category/blog Kanban An evolutionary lean-agile http://itakeunconf.com/ method centered around Bucharest, 29-30 May 2014 flow and focus Ask us about Kanban & Visual Management workshops and coaching! Workshops Product Inception User Stories Leading self-organized teams
  21. 21. Photo Attribution http://betanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Annoyed-user.jpg http://www.quotes.jotoexplorer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Albert%20Einstein%20Quotes%205.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4aRxfGqORxQ/UO4tAPD7vhI/AAAAAAAAV68/M_7B7Huj1nE/s640/busy-01.png http://meetmrholland.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/130203-blog-holland-creative-meeting-boring-meeting.j pg?w=3504&h=2336 http://hospitalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/red-flag.png http://tweetspeakenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/no-time.jpg http://www.usnews.com/cmsmedia/68/b5/175164c24ed78cd2c7930333e75a/140212-darts-editorial.jp g http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/chaotic%20pend%20large.jpg http://wonderopolis.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/silver-infinity-symbol_shutterstock_64474066.jpg http://covenant-communion.net/files/search_lens.png http://www.jacquelynclark.com/2011/03/31/condo-life-bookshelves/
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